(KUTV) -- Utah Valley Hospital opened its pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) on Monday as part of the Primary Children’s Network.
The six-bed unit is staffed 24 hours a day by a pediatric ICU physician and specially trained nurses and respiratory therapists. The unit is also supported by several pediatric sub-specialists including cardiology, infectious disease, neurology, radiology, gastroenterology, surgery and ENT surgery, a press release stated.
“Caring for critically ill children requires a comprehensive system designed around pediatric care. We have been building such a system for the past several years in anticipation of opening this unit. Our physicians and other caregivers are all specially trained in pediatric care and only care for children,” stated Dr. Shad Outsen, a board-certified pediatric intensivist and medical director of the new unit, in a prepared statement.
Each of the PICU patient rooms is equipped with telehealth monitoring that includes two-way audio and video feeds. The unit also is equipped with artificial life support devices such as breathing machines to treat children with life-threatening conditions such as pneumonia or shock.
Children with chronic respiratory diseases, including those with artificial breathing tubes know as tracheostomy tubes, can now also be cared for at Utah Valley when they need to be hospitalized, the release said.